BATON ROUGE, La. - The East Carolina softball team bowed out of the Baton Rouge Regional, dropping a 10-1 decision to No. 9 national seed LSU Saturday evening inside Tiger Park. The Pirates end their season at 37-30 while the Tigers improve to 44-17. LSU will have to beat No. 16 UL-Lafayette twice on Sunday to move on to the Super Regional round.
LSU scored three runs on three hits, including a sacrifice fly by Quinlan Duhon, in the bottom of the first inning to assume a 3-0 advantage. Cristen Aona would give her team a two-out double in the top of the second, but Angel Barrella struck out looking to end the half-inning. The Tigers added to their lead in the bottom of the second when with two outs, Duhon laced a shot just past Suzanne Riggs in the circle that scored Ashley Applegate, making the score 4-0. With Dee Dee Henderson on third and Duhon on first, Killian Roessner ripped a double off the wall in left center to score both runners, pushing the LSU advantage to 6-0.
ECU pulled a run back in the top of the third. Erin St. Ledger lofted the Pirates' second double of the contest to right center. She then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Tiffany Shaw. Christina Merrida stepped up next and continued her solid day at the plate with a RBI single off the glove of pitcher Dani Hofer that scored St. Ledger, cutting the deficit to 6-1.
The Tigers added two runs on two hits and a Pirate error in the bottom of the third, extending their lead to 8-1. A two-out solo home run by Jessica Mouse in the bottom of the fourth closed the scoring as the eight-run rule ended the game.